Elbert Parr Tuttle: Chief Jurist of the Civil Rights Revolution - Studies in the Legal History of the South (Hardback)Anne Emanuel (author)
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Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 739 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 38 mm
"The role of federal judges in the civil rights movement has been studied thoroughly, but Anne Emanuel has a larger story to tell about the man who served as chief judge of the largest appeals court in the South during the heyday of court-ordered racial desegregation. Elbert Tuttle, raised in Hawaii and educated in New York, led a remarkable life long before being appointed to the bench. He was active working to promote civil liberties during the 1930s, went to war in middle age and became a decorated combat veteran, and helped to secure Dwight Eisenhower's nomination for President during the bitter 1952 Republican Convention. All the while he was a quiet, unassuming father of two and co-partner in one of the most successful law firms in the region. Emanuel knew the judge, has mined his working papers, and writes with a sure feel for this modest man who cast such a large shadow over his adopted South."--Dennis J. Hutchinson, William Rainey Harper Professor in the College and Senior
"Anne Emanuel admirably describes the career--in war, politics, and law--of a judge who was at the center of enforcing civil rights law in the 1960s. Full of interesting detail, "Elbert Parr Tuttle" tells us much about how one person's life can shape the law."--Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
"If Earl Warren led the Supreme Court in finding public school racial segregation unconstitutional in its 1954-55 rulings in Brown vs. Board, Elbert Tuttle led the federal judiciary's enforcement of that ruling throughout the Deep South. Anne Emanuel leaves no doubt of this in her biography. But beyond the legal what, why and how of Tuttle's actions as chief judge of the old Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals' bench in Atlanta, she also recounts the personal history that, other than law and precedent, must have motivated him. Would that this background had been readily available to those of us who reported the civil rights struggle in the critical years of the 1960s." --Claude Sitton, "New York Times" correspondent and national editor, 1958-1968
"[T]hroughout the biography, [Emanuel] produces nugget after nugget of Tuttle's rich, full life. . . . Emanuel is also at her best recounting, in riveting passages, the landmark civil rights cases Tuttle presided over as chief judge of the 5th Circuit during the turbulent 1960s."--Bill Rankin, "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"
"I have read the biography of Judge Tuttle, written by one of his former law clerks . . . and I commend it to everybody in the room to learn about what kind of a judge Elbert Tuttle was. He was really a surprisingly fine judge."--Justice John Paul Stevens
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